Eric Morkert accidentally shoots self on way back from firearms safety class

Published On: Feb 03 2014 09:26:44 AM HST

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A South Florida man accidentally shot himself in the leg while on his way back from a firearms safety class, police said.

The accidental shooting occurred about 9:45 a.m. Friday near Congress Avenue and Neptune Drive.

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Boynton Beach police said officers found Eric Morkert sitting in the bed of his pickup truck with a gunshot wound to his right leg.

Morkert told police he'd just left a firearms safety class and had pulled over to inspect his new Glock 17. Morkert said he removed the magazine and was manipulating the slide when the gun discharged.

Paramedics arrived and took Morkert to Delray Community Hospital for treatment. He was expected to be OK.

Police took possession of the gun.

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